space maintainer

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maintainer

 [mān-tān´er]
something that keeps or maintains existence or continuity in another thing.
space maintainer an orthodontic appliance, fixed or removable, that maintains the space left by a prematurely lost tooth or space that will be filled by a tooth not yet erupted.

space main·tain·er

an orthodontic appliance used to prevent the loss of space or the shifting of teeth following extraction or premature loss of teeth.
Synonym(s): space retainer

space main·tain·er

(spās mān-tān'ĕr)
Prosthetic replacement for a deciduous tooth that has been lost prematurely, to prevent closure of the space before the permanent tooth erupts.

Space maintainer

An orthodontic appliance that is worn to prevent adjacent teeth from moving into the space left by an unerupted or prematurely lost tooth.
Mentioned in: Malocclusion

space main·tain·er

(spās mān-tān'ĕr)
Orthodontic appliance used to prevent loss of space or shifting of teeth following extraction or premature loss of teeth.
Synonym(s): space retainer.
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